In an attempt to catch up with tech-savvy BJP, the Congress has activated its information technology (IT) cell to contact voters for the forthcoming municipal elections.
The IT cell has appointed four workers in each of 85 municipal wards who will release “anti-BJP messages” to voters to criticize the failures of BJP-led Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC), Indore Development Authority (IDA) in providing basic amenities to residents.
The cell will use Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp to convey the party’s messages and highlight scams, irregularities committed by the IMC, IDA in the last five years. The move is in addition to the door-to door contacts party candidates will make in their respective municipal wards.
“Special online campaigns are being designed and will be circulated (among voters) soon,” city Congress IT cell vice-president Vipin Gangwal said. Besides, the cell will hold one-day training next week to train IT workers on how to launch aggressive online campaigns. State Congress IT cell president Dharmendra Vajpayee will impart tips at the training session.
Meanwhile, the Congress office at Gandhi Bhavan came alive on Saturday as ticket hopefuls submitted their bio data to city Congress president Pramod Tandon. The Indore City Congress Committee received claims of ticket hopefuls on Friday too.
According to party leaders, the first list for party candidates is likely to be released by January 5. However, the exercise to submit bio data in last two days is being considered a mere formality as the names have more or less have been decided and sent to MP Congress Committee for announcement.
Indore City Congress Committee accepted bio data to avoid unruly protests from ticket hopefuls.